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Hey Jim, FYI and you can post it on Watchdog as you see fit.  I am a little underwhelmed, given the short notice period for scheduling, but we’ll see what we can do with our local (Atlanta/Emory) clinics.

/s/ Drew

From:  "Eilhardt, Lara (OGC)" <>
Date:  October 13, 2017 at 12:06:40 PM EDT
To:  "Eilhardt, Lara (OGC)" <>
Subject: Veterans legal clinics at VA - Please participate in our Week of Service!

Hello Veterans legal services community,
You are receiving this email because you have been listed as a point of contact for a legal aid organization, bar association, or pro bono entity that has a legal clinic serving Veterans at a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital or facility.
To commemorate Veterans Day this November, VA is very excited to announce a special pro bono week of service Nov. 13-17 for government (and other) attorneys to volunteer at Veterans legal clinics located at VA facilities and in the community.  This is the first event of its kind for VA, and we are hoping to collaborate with as many of our legal partners as possible (you!).  If you operate a Veteran-focused legal clinic at the VA or elsewhere, and are open to new volunteer attorneys during the week of 11/13-11/17 (or of course, in the future!), please contact Lara Eilhardt in the VA General Counsel Office at In your response, please provide:
(1) the dates/times, and location of your clinic, if not correctly listed here;
(2) whether malpractice insurance is available for pro bono volunteers (required for government attorneys to participate);
(3) whether your clinic expects volunteers to take on full representation for cases, or whether there is an option for brief advice/assistance;
(4) whether your organization is willing to work with attorneys who need to be screened out of representation before Federal agencies; and
(5) what training is required, provided, or available virtually.
Please note, any government attorneys would be volunteering in their individual capacity in an outside pro bono activity, and not as federal employees.
Thank you for your service on behalf of our nation’s Veterans. We are very excited about this event, and hope to generate as many volunteers and momentum for Veterans Legal Services as possible!

Lara K. Eilhardt
Special Advisor, Veterans’ Access to Legal Services
Office of the General Counsel (022) Department of Veterans Affairs

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Social Security benefits to rise by 2 percent in 2018

The COLA affects benefits for more than 70 million U.S. residents, including

Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and federal retirees.

Retirees, VA Disability Recipients to Get Biggest Pay Raise Since 2012

Military retirees and those who receive disability checks and some other types of pay from

the Department of Veterans Affairs will see a 2 percent pay raise in their monthly paychecks

in 2018. It is the biggest cost of living (COLA) increase since 2012, equaling as

much as $310 a month for those at the top of the retirement pay charts.